The Pac 10 basketball tournament is being held in Los Angeles this week so its time to figure out who is still going to be left standing on Sunday when the selections are made for the big dance.
Arizona (25-6) is the regular season champion and is shoe in to qualify for the tournament. I don't see them going really deep but the bracketologists have the down as a fourth or fifth seed at this point which points to at least the Sweet Sixteen.
The Wildcats are a nicely balanced squad. They shoot the three well, they can get to the foul line, play decent defense, and most importantly they have Derrick Williams in the lineup.
UCLA (22-9) finished a game behind the Wildcats in the standings. The Bruins have been smoking hot as of late. The only bump in the road lately was a road loss in Seattle. This is a team that keeps getting better and they are very capable of winning the Pac 10 tournament. As far as seeding goes most are thinking 7-8.
If Malcolm Lee is back in the lineup this becomes a very dangerous team. Josh Smith would have looked pretty good in purple and gold. His inside muscle is really beginning to make an impact for the Bruins.
Washington (20-10) was 3-3 in its last six games and 5-6 in the last 11. The Huskies simply aren't playing very well right now. The consensus among the experts out there is that the Huskies are a lock and will be seeded anywhere from 7-10 depending on how deep they go this weekend.
How far will Washington go if they get in? The way they have been playing lately says one and done. That being said this team does have top twenty talent on it so if they can get some things squared away they can be competitive with just about anyone they play.
Washington State (19-11) is a legit bubble team. They need to beat Washington on Thursday night to have a chance at going to the dance. They may need to win the entire thing and they are capable of it. Klay Thompson who was busted for possession of Mary Jane most likely will play.
Can the Cougars beat Washington a third straight time? They seem to have the formula down. If they do beat the Huskies for a third straight time can they be denied a berth in the tournament?
USC (18-13) also has a chance as a bubble team. That was a big win on Sunday against the Huskies. It at least gets the Trojans into the discussion.